11.30.2002

Finally got some sleep last night and I slept hard, I could sense the weight of my body as I plopped into bed and it didn't take long to drift off. I ALWAYS have to read before I sleep so I finished off "Starship Troopers" last night by Heinlein. Awesome book, of course, a real classic.

Crap, my light just burned out and it is like typing in the dark here, have to tilt the laptop screen forward to illuminate the keyboard so I can type - yes, all these years of typing, a high school typing class, a college education and a career of making my living on the keyboard and I still use a modified hunt-and-peck typing style.

One last thing, I found Mitch Berg's site following a link from Instapundit and he has a great essay on the Coleman billboard defacing and many many more great entries and he will become a daily stop on my blog reading routine.

11.29.2002

Damn, how did I miss this? The Motor City Madman on Thanksgiving. Link via Right Thoughts.
Have you ever given a marshmallow to a dog? It has to be one of the funniest things I think I have ever seen, absolutely sidesplitting.

And yes, it is 5:30 AM and I am up. I think over the past four days I have slept maybe 10 hours altogether. No sleep last night, slept a little Wednesday night, maybe 5 hours, no sleep Tuesday night. I have a cold and cough that is giving me fits and but I think I am very preoccupied with getting the business started, my brother's wedding and the folks visiting. I will try to get a little sleep later in the morning but I am tempted to head to the gun shop and wait in the cold so I can be the first one in! Every 30 minutes on the radio this morning and now on TV, they keep going on and on and on and on about the people that wait in line at malls and stores to be the first ones in and I have never understood that. I have always stayed very far away from retail stores on this day and even though I have the perfect opportunity to go out and study the behavior of the "Early Morning Day After Thanksgiving Shopper", I think I would rather be sitting in a cold, wet duck blind with a warm thermos of coffee, warm, dry clothing and a nervous Lab - yes, that sounds nice, but I think I would rather be doing just about anything other than waiting hip to hip with the swarming masses...

Thanksgiving dinner was spectacular. It was perfect: GIGANTIC ham, perfect turkey, rolls, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, corn, cranberry sauce/jello, deviled eggs, waldorf salad and lordy, the pies were magnificent. I met the bro's soon-to-be-inlaws and all kinds of extra kids and it was a lot of fun. After everyone wandered off, we loafed around listening to music and enjoying the quiet. Yes, I have a lot to be thankful for and I am a pretty lucky guy.

Soon as I got home last night, I had to give Sage a sampling of the turkey and ham and boy how she loved that! She is really frustrated with my odd sleeping patterns over the past week or so too, but she is catching up on her sleep as I sit here typing. Good girl.

11.28.2002

Ok, I am still here, reading through blogs, waiting on laundry to finish and other things and I have found some wonderful things I want to link to and recommend that YOU go read!

First one, of course, is Lileks. I know, I know, EVERYONE reads his stuff anyway and linking to it is like saying "ok, take a breath" or something very obvious. I guess all of us that link to his site hope that someday we will get an email from him saying "Hey Jason, I really like your site and I think you should come to Minnesota and hang out with me for a while and play with Jasper and meet Gnat and my wife!" He is THE BEST, makes me laugh, makes me cry and makes me think. I was going to wait until later to go through my list of things to be thankful for, but Mr. Lileks makes the list early.

Another essay/article/blog entry that is a Must Read for today is this Dooce.com entry about her trip to Seattle and a very funny situation in a Monroe, Washington movie theater bathroom. Yes, we are all very proud of our area up here and I love to read how much everyone always enjoys their visits. I think it is kind of funny that she mentions Monroe and the movie theater - when I first moved out here, Monroe was a wide spot in the road, had a couple of stoplights and was simply a place to pick up some grub or something to drink on the way to Index, Startup or Gold Bar and then up into the mountains. In the past few years, the city has exploded in size and has become a major bedroom community with video stores and coffee shops and Wal Marts and fast food and cookie-cutter subdivisions out the ying yang.

I found the Seattle-Monroe-fart story via Gut Rumbles which is a great site too and it has become part of my daily ritual.

Just took a break and made the green bean casserole and popped it in the oven. Used some of the left-over mushroom soup to enhance Sage's lunch, she is a happy girl, wagging her funny little butt while she is eating.

Alrighty, I need to get myself ready now and head south. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!

Off to the bro's in a bit, I need to put together the green bean casserole in a bit, or I just may wait until I get there, it only takes a couple of minutes...

Still have a bit of a cold but it is getting better, nothing that a bunch of turkey, ham and pie won't take care of! I need to take care of some chores now, I hope everyone has a great day! We have tons to be thankful for and I am sure I will blog prolifically about that later.

11.27.2002

Up early today, actually, I think I may still be up from yesterday. I have a cold and cough so I am not sure I got more than a few minutes of sleep, but, this gives me a chance to get caught up on some things and take care of some business before the holiday.

Had dinner with some friends last night and got more info on the high-maintenance cat I will need to be taking care of while house sitting in December. Dinner was fantastic: GIGANTIC slab of t-bone steak, spaghetti squash, artichoke hearts, green beans, good wine and some decent beer. Topped it all off with some great tiramisu (sp?) and some coffee with a shot of JD. Of course, the huge meal may be contributing to the sleeplessness.....but, damn it was good.

Dude! You have an American Attitude! Sweet!
Dude! You have an American Attitude! Sweet!
You're a gun-toting, bar-dancing, ya'll-saying, t.v. show-copying,
war-waging, ass-patting, hamburger over-eater.
Take the What the Hell Kinda Attitude is That? Quiz at aka cooties


11.25.2002

Lazy day here, and man oh man does it get dark soon up here! This is going to take some getting used to - it has been like this for the past ten years up here but it always sneaks up on you and pretty soon, it is dark at 4:30 PM, ugh. I am telling ya, invest in some Starbucks!

The day has been pretty much spent working on the business plan and getting some things in order. Tonight the house gets a serious top to bottom cleaning: dishes, vacuum, sweeping, mopping, more vacuuming for more dog hair, lots of laundry piled up that needs to be put away and this office is a fricking mess, stuff piled on top of other stuff. I really could use another room for all of this crap!

I need to run to the office supply store and get a few things and also figure out what is going to be for dinner tonight, so I will blog more later if the need arises.
Thick as pea soup!

Seriously, the fog tonight is so damn thick you can't see more than 40 feet! It is going to be chilly here tonight too so there will surely be black ice on the roads in the morning.

Spent the day with an old friend up in Snohomish County. The KC Chiefs were in town, so he invited me up to see him and his wife, see their new home and head to the new Seahawks stadium to catch the ball game. The day was perfect, cool and crisp and the game was good one but the hapless Chiefs got beat.

I haven't seen this friend for over a year. Layoff's and feeling down and lowly has kept me from calling him and I got a serious ass-chewing when I told them my lame excuses for not staying in touch. We had a great day together, got caught up on lots of things and have made plans for him and his wife to come visit in Olympia. We got into the gun safe and he showed me his latest toys and we sat around like a couple of kids for about an hour discussing concealed holsters and shot patterns. Their new home is wonderful but they have put a ton of hard work in over the past year or so - new paint, hardwood floors, revamping bathrooms and more yard work than you could imagine. They have made a wonderful home for themselves and their whippet pooch. There is even talk of adding a small human to their home in the next year or so and I reminded him that practice makes perfect!

Over the past week or so, I have talked to many people that I have not talked to in quite a while. It is interesting how much I have depended on my blog to communicate with my friends and family, but there have been a couple of interesting details that have come to light.

One, is that I have many friends that I would consider serious lefty liberals. They are very passionate about what they believe and sometimes, they have been very incorrect about the facts of their arguments. They believe in socialized medicine, they believe that the 2nd Amendment is outdated and harmful and that owning a firearm and learning to protect yourself with it is something only a redneck hillbilly boy like me would do, they believe that the ONLY reason we are going after Iraq is so the Bush family can pad their pockets with more money, they believe that ANWR will be paved over and oil-soaked caribou will wander aimlessly across the paved tundra. They believe that Bush stole or bought the election and they totally disregard the facts of what actually happened - they are living a revisionist life, believing only what they want to believe. It is hard to tell someone that you care about that they are totally full of shit and have been brainwashed by whatever media outlet they subscribe too.

One of the things that I must do and will work harder on is to find better ways to communicate how I feel about certain issues - I tend to get very passionate very quickly about this country and the direction it is heading. I find myself in these discussions lately defending the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, defending the American Way, defending capitalism and democracy and I need to find better ways to educate these people. I consider them my friends and I care for them deeply and I can't just tell them they are full of crap all the time! Reading the blogs listed to the left has helped me many times and I know there are many more out there that I need to find the time to read. Folks that have been to my site before have noticed that besides having card-carrying members of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy listed, I also tend to read as many creative and thought provoking sites as possible, some of these sites are like daily diaries or journals, others are an outlet for amazingly creative stories by people with warm hearts and passion in their souls. These sites are important to me too, they remind me daily why defending this country and what she stands for is even more important in times of stress.

I DO try to see other points of view and I have discovered that you can't have other points of view when it comes to certain things though. One of those things is that I have decided that I have become a single issue voter - my right to own as many rifles, shotguns, pistols, knives, sharp sticks and stones as I want is the most important to me. Second in importance is my ability to pick myself up off of the cold concrete and work my ass off to be successful doing something that makes me very happy and could possibly make me very rich in the process. It isn't just the ability to do that, it is the simple fact that I CAN do that - there are many many places on this little round planet that won't or don't allow you to do that and there are people walking among us, in this country, that don't want me to be able to do that here either and that pisses me off.

I find myself not as concerned about the environment when millions of people have been killed and are in the midst of being killed, mutilated or maimed by oppressive governments like they are in Iraq, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, China, Cambodia, and countless other places that we don't even know about yet. I tend to get very defensive when someone belittles the efforts of the American fighting men like my great grandfather, my grandfather, my father, my brother and the millions of other men and women who have given their time and effort and sometimes the ultimate sacrifice so we can sit here in comfort and safety. I tend not to give a flying fuck about organized religion of any kind but I will defend other's rights to do whatever they want. That is the beauty of this place we call home.

Where am I going with this? Rambling all over the damn place, just writing crap down as it comes to my head....well, I reckon it is the simple reason that I can.

I am very happy with the people we have elected to represent us but we are getting to a point in our history where our human rights as well as our civil rights could be trampled if someone isn't watching all the doors and windows as they put together the Homeland Security Department. A new site has been put together in the last day or two that will be a sounding board and a discussion area for these kinds of issues - The Liberty Dogs, go check it out. There are some real dipshits on both sides of the aisles, people that I wouldn't trust to watch my dog for a minute, and at times it really does seem like we elect the least-worst of the bunch and unfortunately that is the nature of the system. It is our duty and responsibility to monitor and track what is going on.

Well, I think I have covered just about everything I wanted to tonight - I am not sure that any part of it will make a lick of sense to anyone reading it! Well, if it does, good, if not, tough.